BANGALORE: Working on the agenda to make the nation self- dependant in manufacturing of defense equipment and not relying on imports, India's first indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta is now ready, and commissioned to join the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet, reports Rediff.
Built by the public sector shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, the second warship from its flagship previously being the Kadmatt ASW, the Kolkata based company said it will be the first warship to be armed with an indigenous rocket launcher for anti submarine warfare.
The Indian Navy placed an order for the construction of four indigenous corvettes in 2003, and one among them being the INS Kamorta was laid down in November 2006. It was then launched in April 2010 and later scheduled to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2014.The newly built Kamorta warship is equipped with some stealth features and it will also hold the tag to be the first warship armed with trainable chaff launcher—Kavach. Powered by four indigenously designed 3888 KW diesel engines at 1050 rpm the ship can cover nearly 3,500 nautical miles at 18 knots. The overall length of the ship is 109 meters and is nearly 13 metres wide at its maximum bulge. With this the ship complements a crew of 123 including 17 officers and 106 sailors. As the ASW corvette includes 90 percent of the ship being indigenous, its stern landing deck can support the operation of a single helicopter. The Kamorta Class corvette is said to be the first Indian Navy ships to be equipped with rail-less helo traversing system and foldable hangar door.
The complete shipboard power is provided by four diesel generators supplied by Wartsila and equipped with Kirloskar Engines. The licensee of SEMT PIELSTICK of France, has delivered the engine for this warship, while raft-mounted gearboxes are supplied by DCNS (Europe's leading shipbuilders).
The INS Kamorta is readying to sail out from GRSE's base in Kolkata and will join the Navy's eastern fleet at Vishakhapatnam in July.